While it’s obvious that Daft Punk’s music relies on sampling, some other songs on David Bennett’s list are surprising music recyclers. Songs like Gotye’s Somebody I Used to Know and Coldplay’s Talk feature samples or re-recorded musical passages. We also suggest checking out Tracklib’s Sample Breakdowns series.
Learn about circuits, soldering, and writing code with this duo of CircuitMess electronic music makers. The Synthia is a digital beat maker and sampler, while the Jay-D is a miniature DJ mixer with audio effects, built-in speakers, and a sweet LED light show. Grab the bundle for a special price in The Awesomer Shop.
Amen, Brother is an obscure B-side from a 1969 record by The Winstons, but it’s also the source for a six-second, 4-bar drum and bass sample which has found its way into literally thousands of hip hop, techno, dance, and pop songs. It’s even in the Futurama theme.
Sampling has been a common practice in music production since the 1970s. In this video from musician and vlogger Roomie, he checks out some of the more creative reuses of old music in hit songs by Daft Punk, The Weeknd, Drake, Britney Spears and more. For more sampled sources, head down the rabbit hole at WhoSampled.
Eight Minutes Upside Down has created a fantastic series of videos which explore the many tracks that sampled sounds from other musicians. In this episode, you’ll hear how electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk influenced artists from Beck to Sir Mix-a-Lot to The Chemical Brothers to Miley Cyrus.
Besides Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, one thing that’s been consistent in Gorillaz’ ever-changing 16+ year run is the use of samples. Kirima Nagi put together this video which catalogs some of the many sound bites which have made their way into the group’s tracks.